BYOD for learning

Bring Your Own Device

Technology for learning at S6C

S6C students will require access to Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education at all times throughout their courses at college. Teachers will use Google Classroom to make announcements to the class, set homework and assignments, along with the collection of work and to provide course resources. Google Apps for Education will be used for any assignment work that is not required to be hand written.

It is expected that ALL students will have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) to enable access to these systems. This device should be capable of being used for document writing (using Google apps with a keyboard). Suitable devices include Chromebooks, tablets and laptops with a battery life greater than six and a half hours. Mobile phones have limited capabilities in this context. Two IT suites and laptops are available for students to use whilst in College.

Chromebooks are a good choice for the majority of courses at S6C, with specialist courses such as Computer Science, Media and Photography requiring different or additional devices You should check with your teacher about any special requirements.

Computer Science students will require a modern PC capable of running Ubuntu Linux (as the main operating system). Specs should include at least a 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM (Preferably 8GB) and an Intel or NVidia graphics card (we do not recommend ATI Graphics as Ubuntu does not support these cards). A Dell XPS Developer Edition PC is a good example of the required device and are recommended for Computer Science students.

S6C have partnered with PC World in Salisbury to offer the best options and prices to S6C students. It is highly recommended that students get accidental damage cover on their devices, so that any damages do not impact their education. PC World can offer this to S6C students and offer a full loan and repair service to complement this.

Students will be given a Google education account for their use whilst at S6C. This will be the primary logon mechanism providing access to email, calendar and other services. All students will attend a short introductory session showing how to use these facilities, with further information and recaps available online. All students will be given unlimited storage with Google during their time at S6C.

All students are expected to bring their BYOD device to ALL lessons and to make sure it is fully charged and capable of lasting the College day. Power points are available in the common area and break out zones.

Students should download the appropriate apps from either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store:

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Slides
  • Google Drive
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Keep
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Gmail
  • Google Calendar

S6C is very proactive in its use of technology and provides every opportunity for student education to be expanded by using it in the classroom. A wireless network is provided for student use and details of how to access it will be provided by tutors or can be obtained from the Network Manager.

Help is available to purchase a BYOD device through the S6C Bursary Scheme. Please contact Mrs Roberts for further information.